Fleeing suspect tosses items as police chase crosses city borders

Fleeing suspect tosses items as police chase crosses city borders

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) reports deputies were joined by police from Vidor and Beaumont as they traveled across city and county lines while pursuing a fleeing suspect who was allegedly throwing drugs, syringes and IDs from the window of the stolen vehicle during the chase.

According to Deputy Janois Grizzaffi, the OCSO Special Services Division observed a black 2016 Ford F-150 traveling eastbound on I-10 near Highway 62 in Orange at nearly 1 p.m. on Oct. 10. The driver reportedly failed to maintain a single lane and also failed to signal his lane change. When deputies attempted to pull him over, he sped up instead.

The driver, later identified as Marcus Wade Meehan, ignored the deputies and continued eastbound, taking the MLK exit in Orange while throwing items from the vehicle through the driver’s side window. The driver then did the U-turn at MLK, heading westbound again, all the while continuing to throw items from the vehicle, according to OCSO.

Sheriff’s office deputies and other local units found and collected items thrown from the vehicle as the pursuit continued through Orange County and Vidor into Jefferson County and Beaumont. Officers with the Vidor and Beaumont Police Departments assisted in the chase. The pursuit led officers down the 11th Street exit through several side streets until the suspect vehicle wrecked out on Austin Street. Meehan, 46, then began running on foot, reports Grizzaffi. He was quickly taken into custody near Shady Lane. He was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth hospital as a precaution and was to be taken to jail following medical clearance.

Sheriff’s office deputies and investigators, the Orange Police Department, the Pinehurst Police Department and the Department of Public Safety were able to locate a baggie of white crystal substance, syringes, ammunition and a backpack containing a revolver. Numerous credit cards and drivers’ licenses that did not belong to the suspect were also inside the backpack, OCSO stated.

Following the apprehension of Meehan, investigators learned the truck he was driving had been reported stolen out of Beaumont and displayed stolen license plates. Meehan allegedly has ties to Orange, Beaumont and Vidor.

OCSO reports he will be charged with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, evading with a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, both state jail felonies, and misdemeanor theft by possession. Meehan also had a felony warrant out of Orange County for possession of a controlled substance with a $5,000 bond out of Orange County at the time of his detention.